April 12, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Members of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate a goal by left wing Taylor Pyatt (14) during the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks in game one of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Coyotes Vs. Blackhawks, Game 1: Phoenix Wins In Overtime, 3-2

A last-second goal in the third period by the Blackhawks forced overtime before the Coyotes scored the decisive third goal to take the win.

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Coyotes Vs. Blackhawks, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Martin Hanzal Wins It In Overtime

The Phoenix Coyotes did not have a good third period. It resulted in a game-tying goal late by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the final minute, but the home team quickly responded once overtime began.

The Coyotes controlled the extra frame, possessing the puck in the Blackhawks zone for a large portion of OT, and 9:29 in, Martin Hanzal made it all pay off.

It was a strong keep at the blue line off the faceoff by Adrian Aucoin. Hanzal won the faceoff and made a dash for the net, and when Aucoin sent the puck towards Corey Crawford's crease, it was a simple deflection by Hanzal that gave Phoenix the 1-0 series lead.

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Coyotes Vs. Blackhawks, Game 1 Overtime: Brent Seabrook Ties It Late For Chicago

Brent Seabrook is a defenseman. Defensemen don't park themselves on the attacking goal line. But Brent Seabrook is happy he did just that. The Chicago Blackhawk tied Game 1 against the Phoenix Coyotes with just 14.2 seconds remaining to send us to overtime at Jobing.com Arena.

The credit for the goal really has to go to Patrick Kane. No. 88 picked the puck up behind the net and had all the time in the world to make his way in front of the net to a prime shooting position. The Coyotes sat back too far and the Blackhawks got the opportune bounce, with Seabrook kicking the loose puck onto his stick and into the back of the basically-empty net.

Chicago really controlled the third period. They put 18 shots on Mike Smith's goal, and the netminder, who's been so strong for Phoenix all season long, stopped just about all of them. The Coyotes were pressing their luck and almost got away with it, but they'll have to try and grab some of the momentum back once overtime begins.

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Jonathan Toews Set To Return From Concussion For Blackhawks Vs. Coyotes Game 1

Jonathan Toews will be in the lineup for the first time in two months on Thursday night when the Chicago Blackhawks hit the desert ice to take on the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Toews announced the news to the media at Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix.

Chicago's captain has been out since Feb. 19 with a head injury, a total of 22 games missed. He'll be on a scary-good line with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa in Game 1, and while he might not be 100 percent in shape when it comes to conditioning and game awareness after missing so much time, there's no doubt that line will be expected to generate plenty of offense on Thursday night against the defensively strong Coyotes.

Stick with SBNation.com for full coverage of Blackhawks vs. Coyotes. For more from the Chicago perspective, check in with Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey, and for more from the Phoenix perspective, check in with Coyotes blog Five For Howling.

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